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Episcopal Visitor Program

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The C21 Center Episcopal Visitor Program invites members of the Catholic hierarchy to visit campus to engage in conversation about current issues in the Church. Each semester, the C21 Center hosts a bishop on campus for a day to experience life at a Jesuit, Catholic university. This visit is an opportunity to learn from the bishop how Boston College can meet the current and future needs of the Catholic Church. The Episcopal Visitor meets with students, faculty and administrators as well as gives a public address on campus.


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Archbishop José Gomez, Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Immigration, National Identity, and Catholic Conscience, September 8th, 2016 Speech, PDF Version

Archbishop José Gomez speaks about conscience and immigration in an afternoon lecture.


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Bishop Frank Caggiano, Diocese of Bridgeport

Sharing Our Faith Stories, November 9, 2015

Bishop Frank Caggiano discusses the importance of sharing one's faith story.

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Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami

"I was a stranger and you welcomed me": A Catholic Vision for Immigration Reform, October 27, 2014

Archbishop Thomas Wenski discusses the Catholic vision on Immigration Reform.

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Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Indianapolis

Church-Communion: Roles in Relationship, March 24, 2014

Archbishop Joseph Tobin explores a vision for Church-communion in the 21st century that aims to transcend the frequent and intense challenges of polemical and ideological polarization.

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Bishop Robert W. McElroy, Vicar for Parish Life and Development, Archdiocese of San Francisco

The Challenge of Catholic Teaching on War and Peace in the Present Moment, March 18, 2013

Bishop McElroy discuss the challenges of Catholic teaching on war and peace in today's world.

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Archbishop Harry J. Flynn, D.D., Archbishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

An Archbishop's Perspective on Handing on the Faith, October 1, 2012 (webcast)

Archbishop Harry Flynn shares a reflection on handing on the faith in the 21st century, drawn from more than 20 years of experience as a bishop.

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Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., Archdiocese of Boston

The Eucharist: At the Center of Catholic Life, October 25, 2011 (webcast)

Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley discusses the Eucharist being the heart of the Church’s life and the lives of Catholics.

Click here for more C21 videos featuring Cardinal Seán O'Malley.

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Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Bishop’s Ministry of Oversight, March 29, 2011 (webcast)

Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop Emeritus Los Angeles, reflects on his time as Archbishop and the role of the bishop in the Catholic Church.

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Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago

December 7, 2010

Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I. presents themes in his recently published book, "The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion, and Culture."

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Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Archdiocese of Atlanta

December, 2009

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Bishop Robert J. McManus, Diocese of Worcester

October 20, 2008

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Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

January, 2008

While serving as Archbishop of Milwaukee, Most Rev. Timothy M. Dolan visited the BC campus to discuss the urgency in handing on the faith in our cultural religious education. Read the Boston College Chronicle article...

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Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington (DC)

The Parish of Tomorrow: Storefront or MegaChurch? October 16, 2007 (webcast)

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick discusses what the parish of the future.     Will it be a smaller familial reality in which everyone knows one another, where its reach extends deeply into a particular neighborhood? Or instead might the parish of tomorrow resemble a megachurch with great numbers of parishioners coming from a wide area and providing a vast number of services?


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Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, Diocese of Tucson

The Future of Catholic Parish Ministry, November 1, 2006 (webcast)

Bishop Kicanas presents on ministry in the 21st century. He discusses the times we are called to minister; working to build a just society; handing on the faith to the new generation; and maintaining a spiritual center.


Other C21 Sponsored Programs Featuring Bishops


In addition to the Episcopal Visitor Program, the C21 Center co-sponsors other events that feature a bishop speaking at Boston College.


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Cardinal Walter Kasper, Cardinal-Priest of Ognissanti, in Via Appia Nuova and President Emeritus, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

The Message of Mercy and Its Importance Today, May 1, 2014

Cardinal Kasper speaks on the topic of his newly translated book Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life (Paulist Press, 2014).

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Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Archdiocese for the Military Services

Formative Years: Jesuit Institutions and the Challenge of Faith, March 16, 2010 (webcast)

Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Archbishop of the Military Services discusses about his time at Boston College and the importance of a Jesuit education.

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Archbishop J. Michael Miller, Archbishop of Vancouver

Catholic Higher Education in the United States and the Holy See, September 11, 2006 (webcast)

Archbishop J. Michael Miller discusses the Holy See's vision for Catholic education in the United States.


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Cardinal-Deacon Avery R. Dulles, S.J., SS. Nomi di Gesù e Maria, Fordham University

The Faith That the Church Hands On, October 12, 2005 (webcast)

As part of the Handing on the Faith series, Cardinal Avery Dulles discusses handing on the true faith of the Church.

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Archbishop, John R. Quinn, Archbishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of San Francisco

The Reform of the Papacy: A Permanent Synod? December 4, 2003 (webcast)

Archbishop Quinn discusses Christian unity and the Papacy.